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Writing groups provide an opportunity for faculty and students to engage in a collaborative experience in which students learn from one another as well as their professor. The groups for academic year 2021-2022 will be offered across the full year (Fall-Spring) or in Spring 2022. The list of faculty offering writing groups in 2021-22, along with their corresponding topics, is below.

Participation in a writing group requires enrollment in two or three credits of independent written work supervised by the writing group faculty member. Groups require a minimum of four students and are limited to a maximum of eight students. Students will receive one spring classroom credit (for either a fall-spring group or a spring-only group), graded credit/fail, for participation in the writing group, and a minimum of two writing credits, graded on the regular HLS scale in the manner ordinary for written work. Groups are expected to meet for twelve hours of instructional time over the course of the year (for Fall-Spring groups) or the semester (for Spring groups). The meeting schedule for each writing group will be determined after enrollment is finalized.


Writing groups are open to upper-level J.D. and LL.M. students committed to writing a two-credit or three-credit paper in accordance with the written work requirement applicable to their degree program as outlined in Section I(K) and Section II(A)(6) of the Handbook of Academic Policies for J.D. and LL.M. students respectively. Papers must align with the topic the writing group is focused on and students should be prepared to make a firm commitment to joining a writing group.


Students interested in joining a writing group should discuss a paper topic in advance with the professor offering the group most closely related to their area of study. Enrollment into the writing group classroom component will be on a by-permission basis.

  • Students enrolling in Fall-Spring groups are required to submit a signed Writing Group Registration Form to the Registrar’s Office by September 17, 2021.* Extended deadline is now Friday, October 8.
  • Students enrolling in Spring groups are required to submit a signed Writing Group Registration Form to the Registrar’s Office by February 4, 2022.*
  • Writing credits can be placed in the fall, winter, or spring terms, while the group classroom credit will be placed in the spring term.
  • Students should ensure that there is space in their schedule for these credits, keeping in mind that the fall and spring term credit maximum for JD students is sixteen credits each term; the fall and spring credit maximum for LL.M students is thirteen and twelve credits, respectively; and in the winter term, all students are limited to a single enrollment of two or three credits.

*Note the deadlines for Writing Groups are earlier than the published deadlines for J.D. and LL.M. written work.

2021-2022 Writing Group Offerings

2021-2022 Writing Group Offerings

Faculty Topic Term Offered
Alford, William Writing Group: Comparative Law and International Law; Asia or U.S. interaction with Asia Fall-Spring
Blum, Gabriella Writing Group: Public International Law, Laws of War, and Conflict Management Fall-Spring
Bowie, Nikolas Writing Group: How Does Change Happen? Fall-Spring
Cohen, I. Glenn Writing Group: Health Law/Bioethics/Pharmaceuticals and the Law Fall-Spring
Fisher, William Writing Group: Intellectual Property Fall-Spring
Giannini, Tyler Writing Group: Human Rights Fall-Spring
Hanson, Jon Writing Group: The Problem of Corporate Power – how corporate practices and interests contribute to systemic injustices and how laws and the legal system facilitate and reflect that power Fall-Spring
Jackson, Howell Writing Group: Topics in financial regulation, investor and consumer protection, securities regulation, international finance, and federal budget policy Fall-Spring
Modirzadeh, Naz Writing Group: Public International Law; International Law and Armed Conflict; International Law and War Fall-Spring
Okediji, Ruth Writing Group: Artificial Intelligence and the Just Society Fall-Spring
Spamann, Holger Writing Group: Law and Economics (model and/or data analysis) Fall-Spring
Steiker, Carol Writing Group: Capital Punishment, LWOP, JLWOP, and other topics relating to overly harsh punishment, both in the U.S. and abroad Fall-Spring
Tushnet, Rebecca Writing Group: Intellectual Property and Social Media Regulation Fall-Spring
Benkler, Yochai Writing Group: Topics in political economy – either law and political economy or technology and political economy Spring
Brennan, Thomas Writing Group: Taxation Spring
Farbstein, Susan Writing Group: Human Rights Spring
Field, Martha Writing Group: U.S. Supreme Court Spring
Gersen, Jacob Writing Group: Remedies in Public and Private Law Spring
Gersen, Jeannie Suk Writing Group: Topics in Criminal Law, Due Process, Equal Protection, Family Law, Sexual Harassment, Sexuality, Title IX Spring
Gregory, Michael Writing Group: Topics related to Education or Children’s Law Spring
Kamali, Elizabeth Papp Writing Group: Legal History Spring
Lewis, Christopher Writing Group: Philosophical perspectives on race, class, punishment, and policing Spring
Nesson, Charles Writing Group: Jury as anchor of democracy Spring
Stephenson, Matthew Writing Group: Administrative law, legislation, and statutory interpretation Spring
Stilt, Kristen Writing Group: Legal change and legal reform Spring